TeachBoost's Weekly Coaching Roundup is our hand-picked list of first-person perspectives, resources, and tools from instructional coaches, delivered every Wednesday! Here's our latest roundup focused on utilizing coaching cycles to better coaching.
"I noticed right from the beginning that the teachers were at varying comfort levels in regard to technology integration. Since I was only working with 8-9 teachers at one time, I was able to provide individualized support for each teacher."
"It's important that we don't view these conversations as being about holding teachers accountable. If we take this approach, then teachers will feel like we are judging or evaluating them. What they really need (and deserve) is someone to ask them how it's going, think with them, and provide options for additional support. This will keep the partnership (and the learning) moving forward."
"Often times the biggest roadblock to empathizing with others is the noise inside our own heads. Clearing the decks across a variety of levels, including emotionally and cognitively, truly allowed me to enter a coaching meeting ready to support the teacher with a renewed commitment to listen."
"There is still much research to be done, but studies that suggest that coaching has a positive impact on student achievement describe collaborations that I would characterize as coaching cycles. . . . According to available research, structured coaching cycles yield a significant impact on student learning."
"As a coach who has fully experienced the overwhelming feeling of just starting out, not really knowing how to 'put it all together,' and sifting through various books and resources to hep me find a clear answer… this is the resource I've been wanting to bring your way for a long while now."
"The single most important quality of a coach is the ability to build strong, collaborative relationships. . . . Coaches following a pattern for supporting teachers through the BDA cycle of consultation provide a framework that helps define purpose, practice, and persistence."